Monday, April 27, 2009

If We Are a Christian Nation

Why is it that we don't act more like Jesus?

Some people say the U.S. was founded on Christian principles, and is a Christian nation - but how is it that we twisted what Jesus taught into justifying the displacement of Native Americans, slavery, war, torture, solitary confinement, executions, exploitation, usury, discrimination, idol worship etc. etc. etc..

We are not a Christian nation - we are a nation of pragmatists. We do what works, which isn't all that bad - but don't be a hypocrite about it.

There are no justified wars, there was no manifest destiny, white European's have no special insight into God's ways. We used religion to accomplish things - some good and some bad. What we have yet to do as a nation is take what Jesus told us and made it a way of life.

"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you."

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Luke 6:27-38